Edinburgh Fringe 2012 Comedy Reviews and Listings

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Edinburgh Fringe - Press Clippings

Here is a collection of the last 80 external press items that are related to comedy generally at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To find press about a specific show locate that show's listing.

Kate Copstick, Glasgow born actress, is nowadays considered the mother of all Edinburgh Fringe reviewers and has been writing for The Scotsman for many a year.

Written by Howard Gorman. PPSF Webzine, 9th November 2012

Edinburgh would get a new public holiday under plans put forward by a leading Fringe promoter to help boost tickets sales at the end of the Festival.

Written by Brian Ferguson. The Scotsman, 1st September 2012

As Edinburgh's big festival month reaches its climax this weekend, with the Mela on Leith Links and the International Festival's grand firework finale over the castle, tourist board VisitScotland has seemingly hit back at criticism that it should have done more to promote the capital's summer festivals this year, given the competition of that big sporting event happening in England.

Three Weeks, 31st August 2012

One of the running themes of the Edinburgh Fringe is the (I think perfectly legitimate) whinge that performers underwrite the whole thing - a cost that is then passed onto the punters.

Edinburgh is Funny, 31st August 2012

Now the 2012 Fringe is done, some closing thoughts...

Edinburgh is Funny, 30th August 2012

So - officially - it wasn't as bad as everyone feared. A post-Olympic rally meant Fringe ticket sales were just one per cent down on last year, albeit spread over six per cent more shows.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 28th August 2012

So it is all over for another year, but what has the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 taught us?

Written by Tim Clark. Such Small Portions, 28th August 2012

Ian Fox - Shutter Monkey (The Comedy Show With Pictures) - Free

Before I left Edinburgh this evening, I had a drink with comedian-writer-photographer Ian Fox who was attacked in the street on Wednesday night.

Written by John Fleming. 27th August 2012

Edinburgh's Festival venues have reported a mixed year after many shows went head to head with the London Olympics, The Scotsman can reveal.

Written by Brian Ferguson. The Scotsman, 27th August 2012

It's ironic that in the year that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe introduced a Spoken Word category for the first time, its biggest comedy awards recognised silent comics.

Written by Andrea Mann. The Huffington Post, 27th August 2012

Laurence Clark: Inspired

Comedian Laurence Clark has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and is tired of being told he is 'inspiring'. Here he explains how he raised funds for puppy-cide, and why not every Paralympian is a winner.

Written by Laurence Clark. The Guardian, 27th August 2012

Liam Mullone: A Land Fit For Fuckwits

In honour of August 2012 - the Fringe of Misery, as it shall e'er be known - I've compiled a handy lexicon of Fringewords for performers.

Written by Liam Mullone. The Huffington Post, 27th August 2012

I don't quite know how to say this, but I think the performance poet Lily 'Rose' Allen put it best in the title of her award-winning 2009 Edinburgh show: "It's not me, it's you." In other words, Edinburgh Fringe... You've got fat. I'm sorry. But I'm telling you this for your own sake.

Written by Andrea Mann. The Huffington Post, 26th August 2012

Sandi Toksvig Live: My Valentine

Comedian, playwright, novelist, TV personality: Sandi Toksvig is a one-woman cottage industry. She talks about coming out, panel shows and why she's turned her back on the Lib-Dems.

Written by Emine Saner. The Guardian, 26th August 2012

This year I genuinely feel we are standing at the turning of a tide. Next year's Fringe will, I believe, look different, be different.

Written by Kate Copstick. Scotland on Sunday, 26th August 2012

Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker

Simon Munnery's selection of Fringe shows.

Written by Simon Munnery. Scotland on Sunday, 26th August 2012

It was suddenly no laughing matter when Claire Smith decided to investigate what it really costs to put on a show at the Fringe.

Written by Claire Smith. The Scotsman, 25th August 2012

Ian Fox took his dark glasses off and showed me the damage inflicted on him and the three stitches used to sew the side of his nose up. Not a good look.

Written by John Fleming. 25th August 2012

Richard Herring: Talking Cock - The Second Coming

I think the huge number of shows, combined with nature of PR, social media and the decline of print journalism are reaching a point where acts spending thousands of pounds on publicists, adverts and posters are in the most part delusional and uneconomical.

Written by Richard Herring. 25th August 2012

The Noise Next Door: Bring The Noise

Ace improv group The Noise Next Door are pinned down towards the end of their 24-hour Fringe adventure and speak about its considerable highs and lows - including man-eating comedy reviewers and sunrise at Arthur's Seat...

Edinburgh is Funny, 25th August 2012

Tim FitzHigham: Stop The Pigeon

Buccaneering comedian Tim Fitzhigham discover he has a killer gag in his set - almost literally.

Written by Tim FitzHigham. Edinburgh is Funny, 25th August 2012

Sarah Kendall - Get Up, Stand-Up

In her final EiF blog, Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall is counting down the days till she can leave, and the months until she can come back.

Written by Sarah Kendall. Edinburgh is Funny, 25th August 2012

The Scotsman's list of the best free shows puts the score at 8-1 to Laughing Horse.

Written by Callum Leslie. Festival Journal, 24th August 2012

Mace and Burton: Heartbreak Hotel

It's almost over. The third week of the busiest three weeks of my year is nearly at a close. And what an amazing three weeks it is every year. Last year's Fringe ended in a pretty special way...

Written by Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton. Giggle Beats, 24th August 2012

Some of the nominees of the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 reveal how they first heard they were on the shortlist for the award.

Comedy Blogedy, 24th August 2012

Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Is technology improving the Edinburgh Festival experience?

Written by EDG. Edinburgh Guide, 23rd August 2012

Cardinal Burns

As a success story of the Edinburgh Fringe, Dustin Demri-Burns and Seb Cardinal have just finished their first series of Cardinal Burns on E4 (still on 4od). The boys are back in town doing a 6 night show in the Pleasance Dome. But how did it all happen?

Edinburgh Festivals, 23rd August 2012

This truly is a dark time for journalism - and I'm not talking about phone hacking or any other 'dark arts' stuff here. No, 11 men brought shame on the good profession last Sunday at the Meadows, losing the annual Amnesty International Comedians versus Critics football match by four goals to three.

Written by Gary Flockhart. The Scotsman, 23rd August 2012

Comedians Daniel Kitson and Simon Munnery demonstrate the benefit of experience at Edinburgh, where their audiences are treated to something rare in comedy - calm.

Written by Paul MacInnes. The Guardian, 23rd August 2012

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarghh! It's the Greatest Show on Legs

"That was the first night of real laughter I've heard since I did the show with Malcolm thirty years ago. I saw people crying with laughter and, when I went behind the stage to change, I could hear some people in the bar still shrieking with laughter."

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming Blog, 23rd August 2012

Helen Arney - Voice of an Angle

Musical/geek comic Helen Arney (below with Matt Parker) writes about pulling some moves on a primate, on her trip to Edinburgh Zoo's new research arm.

Written by Helen Arney. Edinburgh is Funny, 23rd August 2012

Mark Watson: The Information

I've been to the past thirteen Edinburgh Fringes as a punter, student, director, aspiring stand-up, actual stand-up, 24-hour marathon man and - my current incarnation - jaded old veteran. There are various tricks you learn, when you've been in the game as long as I have.

Written by Mark Watson. The Independent, 23rd August 2012

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure

Josie Long has been nominated for the biggest comedy prize at the Edinburgh Festival for the third year in a row, competing against five "inventive" rivals including a mime and a sketch troupe.

Written by Nick Clark. The Independent, 23rd August 2012

An Evening With David Hasselhoff Live

My seven-year-old son has only one question. Does David Hasselhoff arrive at his Fringe show in the car from Knight Rider?

Written by Pauline McLean. BBC News, 22nd August 2012

Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Mark Monahan dissects the Edinburgh Foster's Comedy Awards shortlist.

Written by Mark Monahan. The Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2012

Alfie Moore - I Predicted A Riot

Policeman-turned-stand-up comedian Alfie Moore told 5 Live's Richard Bacon that in some ways 'stand-up is similar to police work'. Mr Moore has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show I Predicted A Riot. Alongside comedian Al Murray, he revealed the best ways to create a connection with the audience- be they in a theatre or on the street.

Written by Richard Bacon. BBC News, 22nd August 2012

Al Murray: The Only Way is Epic (Special Previews)

Al Murray features in his first new stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 1999. The comedian, known for his Happy Hour and Pub Landlord shows, returns to the stage with new material. He told 5 Live's Richard Bacon what it was like to be back and how one of his shows 'broke a couple up'.

Written by Richard Bacon. BBC News, 22nd August 2012

A quick heads-up about some of the comics putting on extra shows due to demand.

Edinburgh is Funny, 22nd August 2012

Rick Shapiro: Rebirth

It is hardly a surprise that even Rick Shapiro himself sometimes struggles to describe his own act.

Written by Rachel Pronger. Giggle Beats, 22nd August 2012

For over 10 years I've spent most of August in Edinburgh at the festival and for five of those years I've been performing shows. Now working on a year on, year off system I took the opportunity to enjoy Edinburgh without the stress of doing a show and to catch up on what my magical colleagues were up to.

Written by Chris Cox. The Huffington Post, 22nd August 2012

Daniel Sloss - The Show

The Fife comedian is a dab hand at cooking 'chicken thing' with rice.

The Edinburgh Festival Guide, 22nd August 2012

Mike Sheer in Undergod - Free

The Edinburgh Fringe has been deeply mythologised. People either talk about how it used to be better or how it is now worse. How the Big Four set are to be aspired to, or how the free and alternative approach is the way forward.

Written by Mike Sheer. The Scotsman, 22nd August 2012

Jessie Cave: Bookworm

My family are here to help me. I managed to get them Underbelly passes with their roles on. For example, Mum: Main Assistant. Brother: General Assistant. Brother's Girlfriend: Bonus Assistant. They help me with props and pep talks.

Written by Jessie Cave. The Independent, 22nd August 2012

By suggesting humour can be captured in a few words, Dave's one-liner award sells Edinburgh fringe comedy short.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 22nd August 2012

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes

If you're wishing you were at the Edinburgh Festival right now, you might want to watch this video - and think again.

The Huffington Post, 22nd August 2012

Fringe performers have been urged to stop cracking jokes about rape and sexual assault during this year's festival.

The Scotsman, 22nd August 2012

Following a debate yesterday on what makes a good gag on the Fringe, our comedy critics pick their favourites from this year's crop.

The Independent, 22nd August 2012

Rhys Darby - This Way To Spaceship

'My high point? Being in a film with Jim Carrey. I can't believe I got away with it'

Written by Laura Barnett. The Guardian, 22nd August 2012

Sean Hughes Stands Up

Sean Hughes discusses his Edinburgh shows, why stand-up comedy and TV are a bad mix, and the death of his father.

Written by Steven MacKenzie. Big Issue, 21st August 2012

Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World

Stewart Lee - currently playing the Edinburgh Festival - talks panel shows, Jimmy Carr, and cost-effective comedy.

Written by Paul McNamee. Big Issue, 21st August 2012

This is not a cohesive whole, but a collection of paragraphs loosely mulling over the impossibility of objective judgement of comedy. It is partly due to reading diverse critical opinions of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, where you can be a five star and one star all in one day.

Written by Robin Ince. 21st August 2012

Return of the Lumberjacks (Back by Poplar Demand)

A gag about David and Victoria Beckham has won comedian Stewart Francis the award for the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

BBC News, 21st August 2012

Katherine Ryan: Nature's Candy

Hotly-tipped Canadian comic Katherine Ryan talks about her first job as a reality TV presenter and the challenge of balancing motherhood with an increasingly successful comedy career.

Written by Marcus Kernohan. Festival Journal, 21st August 2012

Starting at 10am on Wednesday 22 August, an intrepid broadcasting duo of Christian Illingworth and Finlay Niven will be hosting a 24 hour radio marathon live from the Pleasance Courtyard, on Fresh Air in aid of Waverley Care, the Edinburgh-based charity supporting those affected by HIV and Hepatitis C.

Written by Rosamund West. The Skinny, 21st August 2012

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarghh! It's the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show with Miss Behave - and It's Free!

Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards organiser and prolific blogger John Fleming writes...

Written by John Fleming. Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

DeAnne Smith: Livin' The Sweet Life

Canadian-American comedian DeAnne Smith is back in Edinburgh promising her audience the "sweet life" treatment. And some songs. And some candy. What more could you possibly ask for? DeAnne spoke to Three Weeks about her show, her uke and her bus pass. Though not necessarily in that order.

Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

Vikki Stone: Hot Mess

After a very successful Fringe debut in 2011, Vikki Stone is back wowing ticket-buyers and Three Weeks reviewers alike with her show Hot Mess. ThreeWeeks caught up with Vikki to find out just how hot the mess really was...

Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

John Robins: Incredible Scenes!

A TOWIE star may have stopped him from getting his big TV break, but that's not stopped Three Weeks reviewers falling in love with John Robins' comedy, and again this year for new show Incredible Scenes. Putting our "why's he not on the telly yet?" frustrations aside, we questioned Robins on his comedy, his Fringe so far, and high scoring Scabble words...

Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough

Chris McCausland has a pretty good record of pleasing Three Weeks reviewers, so it seemed like it was time to throw some questions in his general direction...

Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

Luke Toulson - Luke Who's Talking

We've been fans of Luke Toulson ever since he first came to our attention as one half of comedy sketch duo Toulson & Harvey back in the day. We also enjoy his solo stand-up shows, so were glad to see him back in Edinburgh once again. With his new show called [o]Luke Who's Talking, we got him, ahem, talking to Three Weeks.

Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

Catie Wilkins: Joy Is My Middle Name

This year Three Weeks favourite Catie Joy Wilkins has a show all about the many things in the world that just fail to live up to the names they've been given. Starting with her own middle name. To get you in the mood, she sets out her manifesto for more accurate naming here in Three Weeks.

Written by Catie Wilkins. Three Weeks, 21st August 2012

Max and Ivan Are... Con Artists

Award-winning duo Max & Ivan are back at the Edinburgh Fringe with an epic narrative sketch comedy about a heist. Want to know more? You're in luck! The pair have just answered our 10 Quick Questions...

The Huffington Post, 21st August 2012

This year's comedy trend at the Festival is for visual humour - Bruce Dessau introduces the new sight-gaggers.

Written by Bruce Dessau. The Evening Standard, 21st August 2012

Sheeps - Dancing With Lisa

One of the hardest things as a performer is to withstand bad reviews. Well, Sheeps don't just withstand, they counter. Here's Al (adorable Sheeps, centre) with a furious riposte.

Edinburgh is Funny, 21st August 2012

Claudia O'Doherty - The Telescope

Aussie standup Claudia O'Doherty is leaving comedy behind; she's decided to get into Serious Theatre. Only her new show, The Telescope, keeps going horribly wrong. Lyle Brennan investigates.

Written by Lyle Brennan. Fest Magazine, 21st August 2012

Some final Fringe recommendations from performers including Billy the Mime and Chris Ramsey.

The Edinburgh Festival Guide, 21st August 2012

Simon Evans: Friendly Fire

I have two favourite things about the Fringe.

Written by Simon Evans. The Edinburgh Festival Guide, 21st August 2012

Rhod Gilbert: The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo

Wake up, avoid reviews, cold pizza, go see a show, get soaked...

Written by Rhod Gilbert. The Independent, 21st August 2012

I, Tommy

The play urges punters to "marvel at a magical world of fluffy handcuffs, lies and swingers' clubs" and is based on Sheridan's defamation case and perjury conviction.

Written by Kevan Christie. The Daily Record, 21st August 2012

Gina Allum recalls David Baddiel and Bettany Hughes in Edinburgh.

Written by Gina Allum. The Independent, 21st August 2012

Club chain's acts are laughing it up...

Written by Tommy Holgate. The Sun, 21st August 2012

Cardinal Burns

Edinburgh conjures up so many different memories for us. It was the starting point, the beginning of both our friendship and our comedy relationship, as we first met when we moved to the city to study film and photography.

Written by Cardinal Burns. The Independent, 20th August 2012

Phil Nichol Rants!

One of the Fringe's leading comics has claimed Edinburgh is being "polluted" by the amount of flyposting by his fellow comedians.

Written by Brian Ferguson. The Scotsman, 20th August 2012

Jen Brister - Now and Then

Stand-up comedian Jen Brister shares her latest insights from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Written by Jen Brister. The Herald, 20th August 2012

Naz Osmanoglu: Ottoman Without An Empire

An interview with Naz Osmanoglu about his show Ottoman Without An Empire.

STV, 20th August 2012

Eddie Pepitone's Bloodbath

Actor refused entry by bouncers after some members of his party were unable to provide proof of age.

Written by Matt Trueman. The Guardian, 20th August 2012

So You Think You're Funny?

It's one of the most prestigious competitions for up-and-coming stand-up comedians - and on Thursday the winner will be determined by a panel of judges including TV and comedy star Ruby Wax.

STV, 20th August 2012

This year more than ever, the cost of performing at one of the main Edinburgh Fringe venues is being questioned. Why should the festival's talent carry the cost burden? Is it worth it for them? Comic/rapper Doc Brown moved into comedy from the music business - and says comedians could learn a few things from musicians.

Written by Doc Brown. Edinburgh is Funny, 20th August 2012

Jim Smallman's Group Therapy

Our resident agony aunt Rachel Stubbings continues to stub out comedians' problems. Jim Smallman is the next to write in for a touch of her unrivaled wisdom.

Written by Rachel Stubbings. Fest Magazine, 20th August 2012

2013 Features

Top 10 best Edinburgh shows

Top 10 best Edinburgh shows

A list of the ten comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival which picked up the best press reviews. Read

Malcolm Hardee Awards 2013

Malcolm Hardee Awards 2013

Adrienne Truscott and Barry Ferns have won the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards for their unique actions. Read

Nominees as paper people

Nominees as paper people

See paper models of the seven contenders for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013. Read

Has anyone seen a coach?

Has anyone seen a coach?

Has anyone seen a coach? The driver from Go Northern is anxiously still looking for his vehicle... Read

PBH Free Fringe football

PBH Free Fringe football

A team of comedians from PBH shows lost out to the 'Rest of the Fest' in a charity football match. Read

Russian LGBT gig videos

Russian LGBT gig videos

A big crowd turned out for a LGBT gig organised by Mark Thomas outside the Russian Federation. Read

So You Think You're Funny?

So You Think You're Funny?

Demi Lardner and Edd Hedges have jointly won the 'So You Think You're Funny?' new act competition. Read

Musical Comedy Picks

Musical Comedy Picks

BCG takes a look at five musical acts that have been impressing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Read

Nick Helm interview

Nick Helm interview

Nick Helm talks about using Edinburgh as a tool for comedy progression, and discusses his sitcom plans. Read

How To Save Money

How To Save Money

Former millionaire Uncle Henry kindly explains how you can do the Edinburgh Fringe on a tiny budget: Read

Black eye wins award

Black eye wins award

Ellis & Rose have won an award after they faked an attack. Here's a video of them creating the black eye: Read

Bec Hill gets gig proposal

Bec Hill gets gig proposal

Bec Hill got a big shock when her boyfriend stopped her gig to propose to her. Here is her story: Read

Moffat & Pratchett improv

Moffat & Pratchett improv

Steven Moffat and Terry Pratchett are amongst the guests taking part in AdLib, a new improv format. Read

The Stand's record sales

The Stand's record sales

The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh has announced record sales for its Edinburgh Fringe shows. Read

Top 10 Edinburgh jokes

Top 10 Edinburgh jokes

Here's the top 10 one-liners from the Edinburgh Festival. Rob Auton has won the UKTV Dave competition. Read

So You Think You're Funny?

So You Think You're Funny?

This Thursday, Sarah Millican will help judge the final of the Foster's So You Think You're Funny? competition. Read

Mark Thomas LGBT gig

Mark Thomas LGBT gig

Mark Thomas is organising a free comedy gig on Thursday outside Russia's Consulate General. Read

Red Bastard's star rainbow

Red Bastard's star rainbow

The Edinburgh Fringe show Red Bastard has divided critics to the extent it has achieved a 'rainbow of stars'. Read

Yianni - A noble failure?

Yianni - A noble failure?

Stand-up comicYianni has set himself a big challenge. In this article he talks about the idea of failure. Read

Si Hawkins' Fringe Diary

Si Hawkins' Fringe Diary

Si Hawkins talks about some of the shows he saw at the festival this year, including Bridget Christie. Read

Amused Moose winners

Amused Moose winners

Al Lubel and Danny Ward have been named the winners of the Amused Moose Laughter Awards 2013. Read

Steve McNeil interview

Steve McNeil interview

An interview with Steve McNeil from the double-act McNeil & Pamphilon. He's got various Fringe projects. Read

Comic to duel with critics

Comic to duel with critics

Joz Norris has come up with a unique way of trying to get critics to come and see his show... a duel. Read

Peacock & Gamble interview

Peacock & Gamble interview

An interview with double act Peacock & Gamble. They talk about their 2013 Edinburgh show and more. Read

Nicholas Parsons interview

Nicholas Parsons interview

We chat to Nicholas Parsons about the appeal of the Edinburgh Fringe. Why does he keep coming back? Read

Late Night Gimp Fight tips

Late Night Gimp Fight tips

Sketch group Late Night Gimp Fight offer up five tips for not losing your mind at the Edinburgh Fringe. Read

Tony Law interview

Tony Law interview

An interview with Tony Law, the surreal stand-up comedian who is once again pleasing crowds at The Stand. Read

Comedians win at football

Comedians win at football

The football match in which comedians take on a team of critics was this year won by the comics, 3-1. Read

Why morning shows are good

Why morning shows are good

The group performing the comic play Death Ship 666! explain the benefits of performing a morning show. Read

Pierre Novellie wins award

Pierre Novellie wins award

Pierre Novellie was named the winner of the 2013 Amused Moose Laugh Off stand-up competition. Read

Video: The 1st Jokes

Video: The 1st Jokes

A video in which comedians including Al Murray and Russell Kane share the first joke they ever told. Watch

Gareth Morinan Listingsgate

Gareth Morinan Listingsgate

Gareth Morinan explains his ingenious plan to save money and get himself noticed in the programme. Read

Richard Herring DVD idea

Richard Herring DVD idea

Richard Herring has come up with an alternative marketing idea instead of using posters - a free DVD. Read

What do the locals think?

What do the locals think?

The Edinburgh Fringe can be a delight for tourists, but do the locals support the arts festival taking over? Read

Marcus Brigstocke hurts leg

Marcus Brigstocke hurts leg

Marcus Brigstocke has injured his leg whilst performing a dance routine in his Edinburgh Fringe show. Read

Preview: The Wrestling II

Preview: The Wrestling II

Tim Vine and Ardal O'Hanlon are preparing their teams to take part in The Wrestling II show. Watch

Edinburgh Visitor Guide

Edinburgh Visitor Guide

A guide to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. What is is, where to stay, how much it costs, stuff like that. Read

Elsewhere on BCG

Chris Addison podcast

Chris Addison podcast

A podcast in which Chris Addison talks about his career, and how they made the new sitcom Trying Again. Listen

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis introduces Sniggers With Attitude, the sketch show he has made for TV channel London Live. Read

Damn the Torpedoes!

Damn the Torpedoes!

BFBS Radio, the British armed forces broadcaster, is launching Damn the Torpedoes!, a new sketch show. Read

TV Comedy Preview

TV Comedy Preview

A panel show celebrating BBC Two, and a sketch show pilot called Sniggers With Attitude are amongst our picks. Read

Michael McIntyre Series 2

Michael McIntyre Series 2

The BBC has ordered a second series of Michael McIntyre's chat show. He will return to BBC1 later this year. Read

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

Channel 4 has launched three more mini-series on the internet under its Comedy Blaps branding. Read

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray has announced a new Pub Landlord UK tour titled One Man, One Guvnor: 20 years at the lager top. Read

Russell Kane hosts Vidiots

Russell Kane hosts Vidiots

Russell Kane is to host Vidiots, a panel show pilot in which comedians compete over viral video clips. Read

Underbelly Festival returns

Underbelly Festival returns

The Udderbelly Festival is back on London's Southbank until the 13th July. Lots of comedy on offer. Read

Want Doc Brown as a mentor?

Want Doc Brown as a mentor?

Comedian Doc Brown will be offering free mentorship and career guidance via the Noise Festival website. Info

Jason Manford footy shows

Jason Manford footy shows

Channel Dave has signed up Jason Manford to provide the voiceover for three football-based specials. Read

Tommy Cooper drama photos

Tommy Cooper drama photos

Photos from ITV's new drama focusing on Tommy Cooper. The comic is portrayed by David Threlfall. View

Paul Whitehouse's new show

Paul Whitehouse's new show

BBC Two is to make a four-part comedy series based on Nurse, Paul Whitehouse's Radio 4 show. Read

A Seance For Thatcher

A Seance For Thatcher

'Bile merchant' Nathaniel Tapley has written this to explain why he's doing a Margaret Thatcher seance. Read

History Of Britain on DVD

History Of Britain on DVD

We take a look at the definitive box set of Terry Jones and Michael Palin's historical documentary spoof. Read

Bath Fest's New Act winners

Bath Fest's New Act winners

Archie Maddocks and Paul Revill won at Bath Comedy Festival's 2014 New Act of the Year competition. Read

Bob Larbey interview

Bob Larbey interview

In this interview, top sitcom writer Bob Larbey - who died last week - talks about writing comedy. Read

Steve Best's Snapshots

Steve Best's Snapshots

Check out some of the interesting facts from Steve Best's photo book from the comedy circuit. View

BAFTA Awards nominees

BAFTA Awards nominees

The IT Crowd leads the comedy-related nominations for the 2014 BAFTA TV awards. See the full list here: Read

RIP Bob Larbey

RIP Bob Larbey

Bob Larbey, the prolific sitcom writer and creator of shows including The Good Life, has died aged 79. Read

Greg Davies podcast

Greg Davies podcast

Stand-up comedian and actor Greg Davies is a very funny man indeed. Check out this great interview. Listen

Comedy Central's new site

Comedy Central's new site

Comedy Central is creating a website featuring 'funny videos, lists, quizzes and articles featuring celebs'. Read

Alan Partridge film sequel

Alan Partridge film sequel

Alan Partridge will return with a feature film sequel, as well as a new series and Coast-like special on Sky. Read

Monty Python's new song!

Monty Python's new song!

Monty Python have published their brand new music track The Silly Walks Song. See the video here: Watch

Shaun The Sheep - Trailer

Shaun The Sheep - Trailer

Shaun The Sheep is coming to the big screen in 2015. Here's the first trailer for the film - it's funny. Watch

Sony Radio Awards nominees

Sony Radio Awards nominees

Bridget Christie and John Finnemore are amongst the comedy nominees for the Radio Academy Awards. Read

Simon Nye's new sitcom

Simon Nye's new sitcom

Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye is working on Private Parts, a new sitcom project set in a hotel. Read

Tommy Cooper trailer

Tommy Cooper trailer

The first look at David Threlfall playing Tommy Cooper in the new ITV drama. It's a rather good impression? Watch

Audio: Vicar Of Dibley

Audio: Vicar Of Dibley

Hear Dawn French appearing as The Vicar Of Dibley, as she delivers Radio 4's Thought For The Day. Listen

CBeebies comedy Boj

CBeebies comedy Boj

Jason Donovan is to provide his voice to Boj, a new animated comedy series for the CBeebies channel. Read

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

The trailer for the Mrs Brown's Boys movie. Agnes has to fight to save her market stall. Out in June. Watch

Miranda Hart in new film

Miranda Hart in new film

Miranda Hart has signed up to star in a big movie. She will appear in a film by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig. Read

Stella is not yet axed

Stella is not yet axed

Sky TV has denied the reports that Ruth Jones' comedy drama Stella will end after the next series. Read

Psychobitches - Series 2

Psychobitches - Series 2

Production is underway on the second series of Psycobitches, the excellent Sky Arts sketch show. Read

Chortle Awards 2014

Chortle Awards 2014

The results of the stand-up related awards run by the website Chortle have been announced. Read

Omid Djalili autobiography

Omid Djalili autobiography

The first volume of actor and stand-up comedian Omid Djalili's autobiography will be published later this year. Read

Keith Lemon's Keyhole 2

Keith Lemon's Keyhole 2

Keith Lemon will go Through The Keyhole again later this year in a second series of the comedy panel show. Read

Hebburn axed by BBC Two

Hebburn axed by BBC Two

BBC Two sitcom Hebburn, starring Chris Ramsey, Kimberley Nixon & Vic Reeves will not return for a third series. Read

Top 5 Monty Python songs

Top 5 Monty Python songs

With a new Monty Python music album on the way, it's a good time to look back at some of their classics. Read

Rev interview

Rev interview

Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman talk about what is in store in the brand new series of BBC2 hit sitcom Rev. Read

David Brent back on TV?

David Brent back on TV?

Ricky Gervais has revealed he is working on an idea to bring David Brent back to television. Read

Watch the new OFAH sketch

Watch the new OFAH sketch

Watch the new Only Fools & Horses sketch filmed for Sport Relief here. Del, Rodney and Beckham: Watch

Robert Llewellyn podcast

Robert Llewellyn podcast

Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn is the guest for the latest episode of Richard Herring's podcast series. Listen

Danny Baker comedy drama

Danny Baker comedy drama

The BBC is working on a comedy drama based on the autobiography of broadcaster Danny Baker. Read

A tribute to Ernie Wise

A tribute to Ernie Wise

We pay tribute to comedy legend Ernie Wise on the 15th anniversary of his death. Read

Johnny Vegas in Benidorm

Johnny Vegas in Benidorm

ITV has ordered a seventh series of its holiday-based sitcom Benidorm with Johnny Vegas back on board. Read

New series for Trollied

New series for Trollied

Sky1 has ordered a fourth series of sitcom Trollied, and announced a partnership with US network FX. Read

PBH Free Fringe troubles

PBH Free Fringe troubles

Peter Buckley Hill, the founder of the PBH Free Fringe operation, has said he will not go to the festival. Read

Javone Prince sketch show

Javone Prince sketch show

PhoneShop star Javone Prince is developing The Javone Prince Show - a comedy show for the BBC. Read

BBC Three's new shows

BBC Three's new shows

BBC Three has announced new comedies 600 Days and Top Coppers, plus re-ordered three sitcoms. Read

New Monty Python album

New Monty Python album

Monty Python Sings (Again) will be a music album featuring a mix of classic and new songs from the group. Read

RTS Award Winners 2014

RTS Award Winners 2014

The winners at The RTS Awards 2014 include Alan Carr, Brendan O'Carroll, The Last Leg and ITV2's Plebs. Read

House Of Fools Series 2

House Of Fools Series 2

House Of Fools, the sitcom series created by Vic & Bob, has been given a second series by BBC Two. Read

Mark Thomas interview

Mark Thomas interview

We caught Mark Thomas in a political mood as he explained his plan to commit acts of 'minor dissent'. Read

Mike Bassett film sequel

Mike Bassett film sequel

Ricky Tomlinson has signed up to star in the sequel to the 2001 comedy film Mike Bassett: England Manager. Read

Harry & Paul to spoof BBC2

Harry & Paul to spoof BBC2

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse will lampoon BBC Two's best known shows in a new comedy special. Read

Lewis Schaffer interview

Lewis Schaffer interview

An interview with London-based American comic Lewis Schaffer. He talks fame and controversy. Read

Ronnie Corbett to retire

Ronnie Corbett to retire

Ronnie Corbett is reportedly retiring from showbusiness following a 'worrying' health scare. Read

Lenny Henry TV sitcom pilot

Lenny Henry TV sitcom pilot

Lenny Henry is currently recording a pilot for a TV version of his radio sitcom Rudy's Rare Records. Read

UKIP v Jonny & The Baptists

UKIP v Jonny & The Baptists

A campaign to try to hinder a comedy tour by anti-UKIP comedians Jonny & The Baptists has backfired. Read

Graham Norton's new book

Graham Norton's new book

Graham Norton is to write his second autobiography. The book is called The Life and Loves of a He Devil. Read

New comedy drama 'Cut'

New comedy drama 'Cut'

Channel 4 has ordered Cut, a comedy drama series about a group of civil servants forced to relocate. Read

RHLSTP with Answer Me This

RHLSTP with Answer Me This

Helen and Olly from Answer Me This! join Richard Herring for the latest episode of his hit podcast. Listen

Hancock's Half Hour is back

Hancock's Half Hour is back

BBC Radio 4 is working on The Missing Hancocks, a series in which in lost episodes are re-recorded. Read

When to end a sitcom?

When to end a sitcom?

Following recent sitcom resurrections, here's an article looking at ending a show at the right time. Read

Andy Parsons on crime

Andy Parsons on crime

Andy Parsons tries to come up with reasons to explain why the crime rates in the UK have now fallen. Read

BBC comedy writing e-book

BBC comedy writing e-book

The BBC has published a free 'Writing For Radio Comedy' ebook to provide advice for working on Radio 4. Read

Only Fools & Horses special

Only Fools & Horses special

David Beckham said he was nervous filming the new OFAH sketch with David Jason & Nicholas Lyndhurst. Read

Classic Comedy Year: 1990

Classic Comedy Year: 1990

A look back at 1990, the year that saw Mrs Thatcher leave No 10, the Buckets and Meldrews appear on TV... Read

Jenny Eclair podcast

Jenny Eclair podcast

Jenny Eclair doesn't hold back. She's frank and funny in this podcast interview with Richard Herring. Listen

Mount Pleasant - Series 4

Mount Pleasant - Series 4

Sky Living has ordered a fourth series of Mount Pleasant, the comedy drama starring Sally Lindsay. Read

The Vicar Of Dibley is back

The Vicar Of Dibley is back

Dawn French is to perform a special Thought For The Day on Radio 4 in character as Geraldine Granger. Read

New Hitchhiker's Guide

New Hitchhiker's Guide

The original cast of sci-fi radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are to reunite for a new episode. Read

Goodness Gracious Me!

Goodness Gracious Me!

The hit BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me is to be resurrected for a special one off edition. Read

BBC Three may close

BBC Three may close

BBC Three is to stop broadcasting on television, becoming an online-only channel, according to new plans. Read

Frank Skinner interview

Frank Skinner interview

In this big interview, Frank Skinner talks about life, sitcoms, his changing comedy and art, and more. Read

Tim Vine quiz show pilot

Tim Vine quiz show pilot

Tim Vine is to a new comedy quiz show called You Can't Say That!. Contestants must spot the trick questions. Read

Meet the characters in W1A

Meet the characters in W1A

An introduction to the characters who will appear in W1A, the spin-off from hit sitcom Twenty Twelve. Read

Playhouse Presents 2014

Playhouse Presents 2014

Richard Wilson, Jo Brand, Kevin Eldon and Tim Key are amongst the stars for Sky Arts' 2014 drama series. Read

BBC Scotland: Room To Write

BBC Scotland: Room To Write

BBC Scotland has launched a new comedy writing scheme to sign up between 10-20 comedy writers. Read

Marlon Davis: My Comedy 11

Marlon Davis: My Comedy 11

Football fan and stand-up comic Marlon Davis lists a fantasy team comprising of comedians. Read

Series 2 for Crackanory

Series 2 for Crackanory

Channel Dave has ordered a second series of Crackanory, the storytelling programme for adults. Read

The Meaning Of Life podcast

The Meaning Of Life podcast

It's the new chart topping podcast series from Richard Herring, based around life's big questions. Listen

EF Benson's Mapp And Lucia

EF Benson's Mapp And Lucia

Steve Pemberton is to adapt the Mapp And Lucia series of novels for a new BBC One comedy drama. Read

Lenny Henry's new drama

Lenny Henry's new drama

A fictionalised account of Lenny Henry's rise to stardom is to become a BBC One comedy drama. Read

Most gags record attempt

Most gags record attempt

Donald MacLeod, a financial actuary, is going to attempt to beat the most jokes in an hour world record. Read

RHLSTP with Adam Buxton

RHLSTP with Adam Buxton

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast is back. In this new episode he chats to Adam Buxton. Listen

Sky orders Stella Series 4

Sky orders Stella Series 4

Stella, the Wales-based comedy drama by Ruth Jones, has been given a fourth series by Sky1. Read

Salford Sitcom Showcase

Salford Sitcom Showcase

The BBC is to trial three comedy pilots - The Neighbourhood, Welcome Home and Tools - at an event this March. Read

Richard Ayoade book deal

Richard Ayoade book deal

Richard Ayoade has signed a three-book deal with Faber & Faber. The first will be released this November. Read

Haunted House Prank

Haunted House Prank

Here's a funny picture extract from David Bussell's pranks and anecdotes book 'But... You're A Horse'. Read

Frank Skinner - historian?

Frank Skinner - historian?

Frank Skinner is to host The Rest Is History, a new comedy discussion show on the topic of history. Read

Bad Education to end

Bad Education to end

Jack Whitehall says he plans to end his hit school-based sitcom Bad Education after the third series. Read

Newsjack gets new format

Newsjack gets new format

Romesh Ranganathan is to take over as the host of R4 Extra's Newsjack, with a refreshed format. Read

Scott's Lookalikes chat

Scott's Lookalikes chat

BCG chats to 'Scott Johnson', the man at the centre of a web series set in a celebrity lookalike company. Read

Dawn French 1st solo tour

Dawn French 1st solo tour

Dawn French has announced she is to tour the UK with her first ever solo show, 30 Million Minutes. Read

Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2014

Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2014

Michael McIntyre and Lee Evans will be amongst the stars of the Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2014 in May. Read

New H2G2 game to launch

New H2G2 game to launch

BBC Radio 4 Extra is to launch a new online Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy game in March. Don't Panic! Read

ITV4's new animated sitcom

ITV4's new animated sitcom

ITV4 is launching Warren United, an animated sitcom about a father who is a devoted football fan. Read

Ellie Taylor interview

Ellie Taylor interview

Ellie Taylor talks about her new radio show, and reveals who in the comedy world she would snog. Read

This Is Jinsy interview

This Is Jinsy interview

With Series 2 of the strikingly unique This Is Jinsy out on DVD, we discuss the show with the creators. Read

Rhod Gilbert's panel show

Rhod Gilbert's panel show

Rhod Gilbert will host I Know Best, a pilot in which the audience must try and guess if guests are lying. Read

FUBAR Radio launches

FUBAR Radio launches

FUBAR Radio, a digital station which is broadcasting uncensored comedy content, has launched. Read